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The Big Smoke - 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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86
very good

123 Ratings
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Ratings: 123
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.99%
Wants: 7
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
8 Wired Brewing Co. visit their website
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Now what is this? A smoked beer?? It really isn't as crazy as it sounds. 250 years ago virtually all beers were smoked (it's true, Google it!), but with the dawning of the industrial revolution most of the smoke lifted. However, in the German town of Bamberg the flame has quite literally been kept alive and to this day the town’s brewers produce world renowned beers brewed with their own special rauchmalz (beechwood smoked malt).

We’ve taken our best porter recipe and added a good measure of that same Bamberg Rauchmalz. The smoke mingles beautifully with the rich, dark roasted chocolate flavours of the porter without being overpowering. Although it pairs extremely well with smoked seafood, barbeques, strong cheeses and hearty stews, its food friendliness isn’t limited to savouries; chocolate and caramel based deserts are great companions too! Trust us; it really isn't as crazy as it sounds.

40 IBU

(Beer added by: ADZA on 11-26-2010)
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zduerr

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

12-05-2012 00:20:25 | More by zduerr
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wrightst

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

06-01-2014 13:07:34 | More by wrightst
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DougT

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

05-08-2014 03:23:09 | More by DougT
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carlitosbronson1

California

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

05-05-2014 19:43:28 | More by carlitosbronson1
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SStein

Belgium

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

05-04-2014 17:02:36 | More by SStein
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Kroehny_Loves_Hops

Australia

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

05-01-2014 14:11:49 | More by Kroehny_Loves_Hops
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hopnerd

Australia

4/5  rDev +3.9%

04-25-2014 06:02:13 | More by hopnerd
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MadScientist

New York

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very dark brown with a deep garnet hue. The pillowy two fingers of light brown head has a long rendition time.

Big smokey, phenols in the nose with dark stone fruit aromas backing that up. A light caramel sweetness, moderate chocolate and some roast .

Lots of smoke blending with dark stone fruit backed by a moderate toffee-like sweetness and a light bitter chocolate note. There is medium hops bitterness with little hop flavor. The balance is about even between the bitterness and sweetness. The finish is off-dry with a smokey aftertaste.

The Big Smoke name is apt as this beer is defined by a moderately strong smoke aroma and flavor that is well supported by a solidly brew porter underneath.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 01:20:35 | More by MadScientist
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BGDrock

Ontario (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: black, even under light; coffee foam coloured head is fine and full, but fades to a rim quickly

Aroma: cocoa, touch of anise, and peat accompanying lightly

Taste & Mouthfeel: light-medium body, feeling and tasting like drip coffee on the initial sips - quite bitter from the malt, and a little tart; only whispers of peat smoke in the finish, it's competing with burnt coffee bean and losing the battle; flavours linger several minutes, intense and bitter; some caramel malt

Overall: not as advertised! smoke flavour is almost non-existent, it's a coffee beer if anything, and in that respect not a great one, being intensely bitter and just a bit too thin

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 01:28:00 | More by BGDrock
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LampertLand

British Columbia (Canada)

3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

8 Wired 'The Big Smoke' @ 6.2% , served from a 500 ml bottle purchased for $9

A-pour is cola brown from the bottle to near black in the glass with some crimson red peeking thru a quickly dissapating tan head , leaving no lace along the pint

S-smokey malts

T-big smokey tasting porter

MF-ok carbonation , feels full bodied

Ov-ok beer , little to overpowering the smokeyness

prost LampertLand

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 22:44:04 | More by LampertLand
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bigred89

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

02-23-2014 13:47:22 | More by bigred89
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wildcatboy

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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Rudes

North Dakota

4/5  rDev +3.9%

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Hong Kong

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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Hawaii

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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WolfAlynn

Ohio

3/5  rDev -22.1%

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Nova Scotia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.9%

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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +3.9%

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Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

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BillRoth

Maryland

4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-08-2013 06:41:56 | More by BillRoth
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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Gusmotel

Singapore

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

11-06-2013 13:10:41 | More by Gusmotel
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JasonLovesBeer

British Columbia (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Blackish-brown, definitely reminded me of tobacco. Didn't get a lot of head - one finger that only lasted a minute or two and reduced to lacing.

S: Sweet mix of chocolate and charred fruits, some smoke, maybe a little black licorice as well. Sharp woodiness / earthiness too.

T: Smoke is front and center but not over the top. The chocolate and fruits have pretty much disappeared for me, but there is a creamy caramel malt texture towards the finish. Smoke is a mix of cigar, cigarette, and charred wood.

M: Thick for 6.2%, creamy. Despite the small head, the carbonation feels right. I think there are some hops doing a bit of work here.

O: I am not a big smoked ale fan (despite my love of heavily peated scotch) but this one was nice despite being significantly smoked. I'd have preferred the chocolate and maybe some coffee notes stepping up to match the smoke.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 06:35:54 | More by JasonLovesBeer
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Brenden

Ohio

4.39/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Big Smoke is a strong, appropriately thick very dark brown color that stops short of black but lets just a little in at the fringes. A big, soft but strong, creamy tan head ceases to rise at almost two finger in height and keeps itself up for a good while. It never falls to much less than one finger, and it drops some patching with a little bit of legging here and there.
This beer smells deliciously like smoke, almost a little tangy with a smoked meats essence. There's a slight touch of wood, but it's not quite as deep as the flavor. Still, it smells fantastic, and all the smokiness I want is here.
It tastes deliciously like meaty smoke as well. Smoke permeates the tongue without ever getting too harsh, completely part of the malts. Charred woods are all over the tongue too, with absolutely no astringency or harshness at all. There's just a touch of bittersweet cocoa at the periphery and some coffee grounds, part of the nature of the roast, but it's all kinds of smoky and fantastically tasty.
It's got the right depth and heft for a porter, offering a well sustained strength on the fuller side of a medium body. There's just a little carbonation, enough to keep things going, while a nice smoothness rolls along.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 22:19:53 | More by Brenden
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The Big Smoke from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.